Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

24 April 2014

South Africa: Thuli's Time - SA's Protector, Sentinel, Makhadzi Gets Global Recognition

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The citation published by Time magazine to recognise South Africa's Public Protector Thuli Madonsela as one of the 100 most influential people in the world was written by the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Lamido Sanusi.

It describes Madonsela as "an inspirational example of what African public officers need to be". Sanusi said it required "extraordinary courage and patriotism to do what Thuli Madonsela has done".

Yet in South Africa, Madonsela has been subjected to scorn, attacks on her integrity and insults by many in the ruling coalition. The Time list is by no means the best and brightest citizens of the world - it has Miley Cyrus and Pharrell Williams on it - but the magazine rightfully states that Madonsela "has assured herself a place in the history of modern South Africa".

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is definitely not defined by the Nkandla investigation report, now the most common reference to her name, even though it has been the biggest challenge of her outstanding career. By taking on a probe into the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's residence, Madonsela went where most others fear to tread. She pronounced on the conduct of the ...

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